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Only political change will end this sewage scandal

Posted on: 27th March 2024

Sewage Companies must be forced to invest in clean-up, not giveaway top exec bonuses and shareholder dividends. Figures released by the Environment Agency today show that South West Water nearly doubled raw sewage discharges in the last year – from 290,271 hours in 2022 to 530,737 hrs last year.Liberal Democrats are committed to taking tough […]

Cons give £500m to holiday homes while local families struggle

Posted on: 21st March 2024

• 12,500 holiday homes• 25,000 local families on housing waiting list• 190 homes available for rent• Conservatives gave £500 million of taxpayers’ money to holiday home owners Conservatives handed over £500 million of taxpayers’ money to holiday home owners across Cornwall and Scilly since Andrew George first blew the whistle about these tax loopholes over […]

Conservatives reject proposed Inquiry into Emergency care crisis

Posted on: 28th February 2024

Conservative Councillors today rejected a proposed Inquiry into the serious crisis in Urgent and Emergency care in Cornwall. Health bosses admit at least 20 avoidable deaths occur in Cornwall every month caused by excessive ambulance queues and delays, and Cornwall’s chief coroner has raised serious concerns with the Health Secretary on at least 3 occasions […]

Column 26th Feb 2024

Posted on: 26th February 2024

• News from Goonhilly is literally out of this world! Giant steps in space science. This week we celebrate yet more success; playing a critical part in another moon landing – Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission, which landed at the Moon’s South Pole. It was an honour to return there again recently, and a privilege to […]

Conservative arsonist Gove promises bucket to deal with the housing conflagration

Posted on: 15th February 2024

If the Conservatives were genuinely concerned about the housing emergency they’d have taken action a decade ago. That’s what Liberal Democrat candidate, former MP, housing professional and campaigner, Andrew George, said on the eve of an anticipated visit by Housing secretary Michael Gove to Cornwall. “He no doubt hopes no one will notice he’s the […]

Political column – 27th Sept 2023

Posted on: 25th September 2023

Tackling the housing emergency For too long, the UK planning system has been fuelled by greed, not by need. The core of its failure has been handing responsibility for the delivery of the homes we need to speculators primarily interested in filling their boots. That’s why I’m pleased that, at it’s recent conference, the Liberal […]

Blog 1st Sept

Posted on: 2nd September 2023

Weekly blog • Incredible news that India has landed a spacecraft near the south pole of the moon. Wonderful news that our own local Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) played a pivotal role enabling it. Cornwall may not itself have joined the space race. But GES and its 50 staff are playing a critical role on […]

Stop the developers’ charter – set targets to meet housing need; not developers’ greed

Posted on: 24th July 2023

The government should stop the developers’ charter – and instead set targets to meet housing need, not developers’ greedI’ve long proposed that local authorities should be required to set targets to meet need, rather than simply housebuilding targets.Cornwall is a classic example which demonstrates that setting very high housebuilding targets has massively failed. Cornwall has […]

More death-throes of a zombie government…

Posted on: 18th July 2023

This week’s column • This week’s announcement of a scaled-down new-build of West Cornwall Hospital’s Outpatient Dept. is of course welcome. Though the building is unlikely to win awards for beauty nor enhancing the aspects of the hospital, it will be welcomed by both staff and patients as a better replacement for a long out-of-date […]

New holiday let rules? – Late, pale, but welcome

Posted on: 13th April 2023

  “This is a welcome move in the right direction. But it’s still a long way short of what’s needed. “The Conservatives were finally shamed into promising they’d do something about the appalling housing injustice created by the proliferation of second homes and holiday lets way back in 2018. Though they keep promising, nothing happens. […]